I probably have the spelling wrong, but it is like a pulled muscle in the chest right above the breast and almost directly across from the armpit. I think another term for it is Tietze disease...
YES!!!! and you are the first person i have ever found who has it too. it is a symptom of my inflammatory disease, spondyloarthropathy, which i was just diagnosed with last fall. before the diagnosis i went to the emergency room twice thinking i was having a heart attack. and yes, it is an inflammation of the cartilage around the rib cage, costochondritis. personally, i think it is horrid! what has your experience with it been like? it hits me at least three or four times a year, for no apparent reason.
I tend to get the heavy chest feeling very often, especially lately. I can just be asleep and wake up feeling as though I have just lifted something heavy and pulled the muscles all over again. Just when I think that it is gone, for some strange reason, it comes back again. When I breathe, I feel as though my lungs are going to burst or collapse.I went to the Dr. for it because I thought it was pneumonia. Now I wonder if I will know the difference betweeen the costachondritis and anything life threatening. My Dr. gave me bioxx for the pain, but I want it to be GONE! I read where it usually stays with a person for at least a year and I believe I have had it since Feb. I think it was caused by a certain job I was doing at work. How do you suspect you got it?
Thank you for your response. I was beginning to think I was the only one.
Hi, I've just been diagnosed as having costochondritis and it kills! Please tell me am I the only one that thinks that their heart is just going to give up on them, that their chest is in a vice constantly and then the pain will peak and really really hurt. I was given tramadol by the Amubulance people and it worked wonders, but the doctors won't give it to me because it is a replacement for morphine. Can anyone help me I've had three lots of tablets and so far, none have helped!! I have to be careful what I take as I need to be fully aware as I have two young children.
Yup I have it too just not as severe as most of you..I have to stretch,my rib cage feels cramped,I have a heavy feeling in my chest..I told my doctor about this and thats what he said..Ive never had any tests(dont know if there are any)and I dont take meds for it..
I have had great luck with chiropractic care. I have costocondritis (?)for 20 years; it began after a car accident. There have been times that the spasms have been so bad that they bring me right to my knees. The chiropractor has a little syringe-looking thing that he pops my rib heads with. It doesn't hurt while he's doing it, and afterwards, the pain and spasms subside slowly. Occasionally, before I found this treatment, I couldn't even take a small breath without pain. Now, when it begins, I see the chiro and the pain doesn't last nearly as long and is not nearly as severe.
This chiropractic care that you have, is it administered by a professional or by yourself? Sorry if I seem a little dumb but it is the first time that I have heard of it. If it is administered by somebody else, what happens when you get the pain in the middle of the night? How long does it take for the person to get to you and then for the thing to work? I believe I have got mine from a very bad fall when I was four months pregnant, I broke most of my right hand rib cage and apparantly that is what started it off, I had to have an x-ray on Monday, doctors say that you can see it on an x-ray, apparantly your bones are not as normal as the next persons! I won't get the results until next Tuesday/Wednesday. How can I go about getting Chiropractic Care? Thanks.
Does anyone have a child with costochondritis? My 10 year old daughter was just diagnosed. She is in extreme pain. The doctor told me it was probably a virus that has settled into her ribs. We've tried every over the counter drug and are currently on Aleve. Any helpful suggestions out there? This is a very active little girl who has been significantly sidelined by this. Anybody have nausea or vomiting with this?
I was recently diagnosed with Costochronditis. I suppose it stems from a car accident on 12/23/02. Mine began with neck stiffness and shoulder muscle swelling. After 7 weeks of physcial therapy (Mckenzie method), I developed the pain in my chest. I have been to the ER twice with chest pains and was diagnosed with GERD. I have had numerous chest x-rays, an MRI, Upper Barium Swallow, and 3/3 an Endoscopy. My Gynecologist diagnosed me with having the Costo. He suggested that I try wrapping my chest tightly (not too tight) with an Ace bandage. It provides some relief but then it flares up again. I have damaged my stomach with the overuse of ketaprofren, ibu, and Arthrotec before this diagnoses. I have also been to the Chiropractor twice and seems to bring relief. I am very concerned about the pain ending. Anyone have any "survival" treatments for stories to bring my spirits up.
hi to all
I am glad I have found this message board, I thought i was the only one with costro, never heard of it before I have never had an accident or damaged my bones it just happened 3 years ago I have all the symtoms you have all been discribing plus nuasea and fainting have tried all medication including steriod injections I would be very grateful for any advice from anyone as some days I can not even move
I was diagnosed with costochondritis in December, although I had the symptoms for almost 3 years. It all started one night with cramps and chest pain, and I ended up at ER. They found a kidney stone and blamed it for the pain! 2 months later, they figured I have pleurosy, i've been treated for that but there was no word of costochondritis. I kind of got used to taking small breaths since then, until last december when i saw a new rheumotologist. She diagnosed me with costo. and put me on Celebrex. I take one everyday and it helps if I take it regularly. My dr. says there's no cure for costo. but with Celebrex I have a quality of life and never any terrible cramps as I used to have. Hot water seems to help only temporarily, so I really recommend everybody to ask for Celebrex from your doctors. All the best...
I have Tietz.. I had just posted something about it on one of the boards here . In Feb Dr gave me a cortisone shot for shoulder pain - that came from inflamation of the chest wall tendons - best month I have had in a long long time. Last dr visit he wouldn't do another and the attacks are back.Now its back to Aleve and Advil and it really just doesn't work, heat works so so .
I have it along with panic/anxiety disorder. So between the two I've been in ER 2x last year and 1 of those trips I was kept for 24 hrs ..and they learned it wasn't a heart attack .
Walk upon the earth,feel her heartbeat from within, Listen to the Wind for it speaks.. Listen to the Silence for it Talks..Listen to your Heart and you will Understand.........
Looks like many people experience this so differently, with the exception that it's painful to say the least.
Anti-inflammatory meds are usually the treatment of choice, and certain meds work better than others. Work with your doctor closely on this. There are many different meds to try.
Apart from that, here are other things that seem to help a lot of people, as mentioned in other posts:
* Local heat
* Local infiltration of local anesthetic, steroid, or intercostal nerve block (reserved for refractory cases)
* Gentle stretching of the pectoralis muscles 2-3 times a day (a good chiropractor can help as well, and also give you homework to do on your own)
* Avoid repetitive misuse of muscles.
Watch yourself carefully for improper posture at home or work place.
They say the outlook for most patients with costochondritis is EXCELLENT, although after 1 year, you may still have discomfort, and sometimes up to 1/3 of people still have tenderness when they press or "palpate" the area.
It's important to work with your doctor on pain control because overuse of Advil and other over-the-counter meds can be very harmful in the long-run, as you know.
Sometimes, inadequate pain control causes more muscle tension, and therefore you have muscle tension pain on top of the original cartilage pain, and it becomes a vicious circle.
I was diagnosed with Costochondritis 2 months ago. Since the onset, I have a constant feeling of a deep bruise to the right of the breast bone where the ribs connect. I have also had cramping in the rib cage and what feels like muscle strain within my shoulder/collar bone and the right side of my chest (Tests have ruled out heart issues). I have been using Tylenol for two months to no Avail. I was also prescribed oral steroids (prednisone)which seemed to have no impact. I have the constant dull ache during the waking hours everyday at the Ribs/breastbone. Has anyone found anything that works?
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I received my diag. of costo about 4 months ago. at one point, approx. a month ago, I thought it was gone as I hadn't felt any symptoms for 3-4 weeks. Last week, it came back with a vengeance and feels like I have been picked up by the armpits and shaken violently.
I too am using a std anti-imflammatory (Naprosyn), but am looking for additional relief. I will try the chiropractic, however, has anyone had any experience with topical DMSO? I read that may be helpful with none of the side effects of steroids. Thanks. Grimacing through the pain with the rest of you...
Its funny to find such a collection of people with the same exact problems you have when you think you're the only one!
I haven't been offically diagnosed with costro, but I seem to have the symptoms to the T (save spasms, nothing that bad so far). What it feels like is similar to the pain you get after you have exercised really hard, and kind of like a bruise too. My pain target area is almost like circle focused around my sternum to the left and right in a 5 inch diamter roughly.
I have no idea what caused it, I thought it was due to my upper body muscles atrophying after a previously strict exercise filled lifestyle that I stopped a little under a year ago. It does come and go in irregular cycles, but I notice the pain the worst in the mornings (during that time) the second I sit up to get out of bed. Rather sharp pain in the center of my breastbone. I also notice it when I try to move suddenly (I was walking down the stairs once, and slipped on a stair and instead of shock from almost falling I had shock from my chest). It also feels not quite difficult to breath but 'there' when I take deep breaths.
I tried to combat it with anti-inflammatories, 1000 mg motrin for a while regularly and that worked to an extent but its a common known fact that combating with painkillers doesn't always fix the root of the problem. I also am in the process of trying upper body exercise but I'm guessing that more exercise might slow the healing process.
If anyone has any proven home remedies or stories of recovering, I would like to hear what worked for you. Thanks for your time.
I was diagnosed with Costochondritis back in Feb. and was given an anti-inflamatory, and was told by my doctor that it mainly affects women in their 20's and 30's. He said it would go away within a month, and it hasn't. I still have problems. I think mine has to do with my job. I lift alot, mostly 50# at a time, sometimes more. I just can't seem to get rid of it. As sad as it sounds, I've basically learned to deal with it, but am in the same position as some of you...how will I know if it's something serious or not.
I have suspected costochronditis and am awaiting a blood test to confirm. The blood test shows inflammatory 'markers' which identifies whether there is inflammation. My GP said this condition is viral. It can last up to 8 weeks if you're lucky. If not, much longer and can recur, apparently. I looked up the condition and it would seem that something called prolotherapy can be helpful. There are very few practitioners of this in the UK, although I believe that clinicial trials are starting this year at the Orthopaedic hospital in Birmingham. You may want to look at this as a potential source of relief. I don't know much about it, other than it is a course of injections. There is quite a lot of information on the net. I have had my condition for about 3 months and take anti-inflammatory medication. It eases it and allows me to work, but that's about it. Regards.